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On 5/24/2019 at 6:07 PM, FatPanda said:

I feel you buddy.

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I'm guessing the "paddles" on the grips are to make it Kommifornia legal?

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After many 1911 builds I decided to try my hand at something new. So, I've had an idea percolating in my head for a while to build an AR10 based precision/sniper rifle. Did a lot of research to find the consensus on what the best quality components are and started making a list. Local gun shop carries Aero Precision so I started there, looking to get a stripped lower, parts kit, buffer tube, trigger (Hyperfire), upper receiver and bolt carrier group (Aero). The rest I ordered online: Palm shelf pistol grip (Ergo), buttstock (Luth AR), Handguard (Apex), Vortex Crossfire II 6x24x50 and a Burris mount. Salesman talked me into a complete lower as it would actually be cheaper than a stripped and all the parts. But it came with a Carbine buffer tube.. So now I need to change that to a rifle tube and get the appropriate Luth AR buttstock. So now it's all done except one minor detail.

BSF says the barrel I ordered will take 4-6 weeks, :(

But that gives me some time to change the buffer tube and do a little more trigger work.

 Can't wait to get it to the range and see how well it shoots.

 

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2 hours ago, Dranoel said:

After many 1911 builds I decided to try my hand at something new. So, I've had an idea percolating in my head for a while to build an AR10 based precision/sniper rifle. Did a lot of research to find the consensus on what the best quality components are and started making a list. Local gun shop carries Aero Precision so I started there, looking to get a stripped lower, parts kit, buffer tube, trigger (Hyperfire), upper receiver and bolt carrier group (Aero). The rest I ordered online: Palm shelf pistol grip (Ergo), buttstock (Luth AR), Handguard (Apex), Vortex Crossfire II 6x24x50 and a Burris mount. Salesman talked me into a complete lower as it would actually be cheaper than a stripped and all the parts. But it came with a Carbine buffer tube.. So now I need to change that to a rifle tube and get the appropriate Luth AR buttstock. So now it's all done except one minor detail.

BSF says the barrel I ordered will take 4-6 weeks, :(

But that gives me some time to change the buffer tube and do a little more trigger work.

 Can't wait to get it to the range and see how well it shoots.

 

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Whats wrong with the stock thats on it? Also, dibs if you want to sell it cheap..

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52 minutes ago, Frankly said:

It's a lot faster and easier to transition without the barrel.

I'm going to go crunch some numbers and see if the time gained in fast transitions is enough to offset all the FTE's from not shooting any targets. At the very least I'll save money on ammo.

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5 hours ago, TonytheTiger said:

Whats wrong with the stock thats on it? Also, dibs if you want to sell it cheap..

 

Nothing "Wrong" with the stock, but it won't work on a rifle buffer tube. I'll likely get the rifle version of it. 

 

If I sell the buttstock I'll let you know. But it is essentially unused so I'm likely going to ask what I paid for it.

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I used to use rifle tubes with rifle stocks thinking they were somehow better, more rigid. But heavier and bulkier too. A good quality collapsible butt stock will be more than solid enough for PRS so certainly an AR. 

 

I'm pretty happy with these, no longer any lust for a ready made JP or anything. Top FDE is six pounds with Vortex Spitfire 1x prism and 14.5" Faxon Gunner. Aero Precision upper, lower and Atlas R rails. The Atlas R with full length Picatinny is stronger than the Atlas S (which I've stupidly twisted manhandling by loading a bipod (not this one)). The blue gun has a 1-4 Steiner (good value, Razor bright red dot (I owned both at same time and compared)) and 14.5" medium weight Ballistic Advantage. Magpul 45-degree MBUS. Otherwise same spec: Brownells TIN lightweight BCG, Trigger Tech 3.5# straight triggers, JP captured springs, Battle Arms bolt release, Ambi 45-degree safeties, Magpul, metal Raptor ambi charging handles, Superlative Arms adjustable gas blocks (nicest yet). Midwest barricade stops on both help keep me from putting my hands too far forward. Nice extended Battle Arms pins are worth the splurge. 

 

All good parts but nothing Titanium or too ridiculous. Barrels fit to trued receivers using thermal expansion. I look for nice tight fits, I won't use anything that's sloppy. Will tweak gas tubes so they won't touch barrel nut. Keep the ejection port cover pin from touching the hand guard, stuff like that. 

 

Big fan of Aero Precision, when I look at $600 billet receivers and Carbon hand guards I just don't see the difference being worth it.

 

The biggest quality difference is, imho, a $2-300 Faxon, BA, White Oak, or any barrel in that range is going to probably be more variable than a $600 JP or Proof, etc. I can't prove this as I haven't shot enough barrels to know anything for sure but price = quality. But if they're all sub-MOA then isn't your shooting ability the much larger overwhelming factor? 

 

I won't show you the dozen or so ARs I assembled and mucked up in some minor way to learn what works best. Assembly is simple until you're trying to change an ejector or unpin a gas block without the right tools. Buy the right tools. I am not a gunsmith by any means. Only tuning required was the adjustable gas block to throw the casings at 4-o'clock. Everything ran perfectly from the first to last session. 

 

Of course I did these before Covid dried up parts availability and riots made me conserve ammo. Not sure if I will ever shoot another match given the climate but the 1-4 scope is all I need for practical matters in the Northeast, also much lighter than the Razor. The lighter gun may go to family for HD. Hopefully I'm being paranoid 😜 

 

I did some weight comparisons and to save another half pound you'd have to spend twice as much and sacrifice some durability. Thinking these are the sweet spot for my environment. 

 

Considering everything I sold my long 3G shotgun in preference for a Benelli M2 with 3Gun mods but shorter barrel and a selection of tubes and springs (set up more HD than 3G). I will always shoot a 2011, love them, but have less expensive pistols for HD and PD. Range trips are 50-100 rounds rather than 200-400. Shooting my airguns at home 10x more often, nearly everyday. Keeping a bug out get home safe bag with plates in my car. 

 

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